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#157218 - 12/19/05 09:39 AM How to Polish your Rims
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Polishing Rims
This is a project that takes time and patience. You will be wet sanding and it makes a mess and your finger nails will be black for a while, the ladies will be impressed. The important thing is to sand long enough with each grit to remove the scratches from the previous grit. If you rush through the grits, you will end up sanding much longer with a finer grit to remove scratches from early grits.

Here's what you need:
-A variety of sand paper, I had
180 grit
240 grit
320 grit
400 grit
600 grit
1000 grit
1200 grit
1500 grit
2000 grit
- Mother's Wheel polish
- Blue Magic Wheel Polish
- any automotive carnuba type paste wax in a can




Here is of lightweight rims from a civic hx. As you can see they are badly corroded. They are painted silver from the factory, but had already had most of the paint stripped before I bought the car.



I began with 180 grit on these because there was so much corrosion to sand through. I sanded so much that I probably made them even lighter lol, yet still could not get through all the corrosion on the lips. You could start with 240 on a cleaner set of rims. You want to sand all the lines out of the factory machined surface.



Some pics after sanding with 400 grit



After 600 grit



After 1000 grit


Be sure to clean the inside of the rims as well so you can have the stick on weights put there rather than on the outside of the rim you just polished. I just used 180 grit to get the dirt off.




On the first wheel, between 1000 and 1200 grit, I masked off all the inset areas between the spokes to be painted. I did this before the 1200, 1500 and 2000 so that the rough edges from the masking tape would be sanded smooth as I finished the surface.






I sprayed them with Duplicolor Wheel Coating, Graphite





These are after sanding with 1500 grit. The rim in the background is 180 grit to show how far it has progressed.





after 2000 grit... almost done!!



Mothers wheel polish is good stuff, I have been using it for almost 10 yrs.
Just dab some on a terry cloth you dont use for anything nice (it turns black) and rub it on a section of the rim for about 30 seconds. Let it haze over for a minute after wiping and wipe the haze off with a clean cloth.


Done! (with that little area)



Spoke before Mothers


Spoke after Mothers



Half polished


Complete!



Compared to the 180 grit rim



Now I have 3 more to do

Also not yet pictured, I find that waxing them with a wheel polish called Blue Magic will make them a little bit brighter. Mothers is an abrasive, but the Blue Magic is much finer. It removes what is left of the black oxidation from the Mothers.

Finally wax them with a coat of regular carnuba paste wax. This will act like a seal on the surface and keep them looking good after a rainstorm. On the inside, wax but do not wipe it off after it hazes. This will make it much easier to keep the insides of the rims clean in the future. They aren't clear coated, but I hope you wouldn't even think about using them in the winter anyways!

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#157219 - 12/19/05 10:57 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Wow. That looks wicked dude. Great write up!

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#157220 - 12/19/05 11:04 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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sweet looking rim.. if i start now, i think i can finish all four of mine by spring
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#157221 - 12/19/05 11:09 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Sweet write-up! Those look really, really good. I'm sure it took a lot of hard work to get them look so good. Now take 20 minutes and clean your freakin' shower.
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#157222 - 12/19/05 11:15 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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yeah you dont want to do this in your bathroom like I did, the wet sanding makes a huge mess. gonna have to scrub the hell out of the shower lol
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#157223 - 12/19/05 05:27 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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thanks for the write up i am going to have to do this to my stock si wheels
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#157224 - 12/19/05 10:32 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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thanks for the write up i am going to have to do this to my stock si wheels




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#157225 - 12/19/05 10:59 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Nice! I'm debating if I should do my Si rims this spring. Does anyone have a pic of them on a car? Preferably a 96-00 Civic?
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#157226 - 12/20/05 12:19 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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looks really good man. kudos. i really want a set of polished rims on my ride.
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#157227 - 01/17/06 03:42 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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wow that's amazing looking OEM wheels...great work!
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#157228 - 01/18/06 12:14 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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looks nice great job
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#157229 - 01/19/06 09:49 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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#157230 - 01/19/06 06:45 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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How long did it take you to do the one?
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#157231 - 01/20/06 06:02 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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im gonna guess about 8 hrs, I did the worst rim first so there was lots of extra sanding needed, I just started on the second one this week and took a break...
I gotta get the car finished before I worry about bling!

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#157232 - 01/20/06 06:12 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Brian, you frequently give me a boner. true story.




wait till you see what is going in... viagra for you

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#157233 - 01/31/06 01:50 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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you painted the inside of the DX wheels right? what kind of paint did you use?
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#157234 - 02/01/06 12:44 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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you painted the inside of the DX wheels right? what kind of paint did you use?





read it again......it was posted.
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#157235 - 02/06/06 10:21 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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ok cool thx.
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#157236 - 02/10/06 04:56 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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sweet write up.

i did mine in white after i polished them, cause the idiot put a weight on the lip when i specifically told him to put it inside.



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#157237 - 02/11/06 12:39 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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looks like i'mma get another set of R wheels and polish them
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#157238 - 02/15/06 08:11 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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nice write up ..don't know if i'm confident enough to do it myself
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#157239 - 02/16/06 11:33 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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good write up seen this on h-t
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#157240 - 02/22/06 12:36 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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#157241 - 02/23/06 08:50 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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That is dedication.
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#157242 - 02/23/06 09:29 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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That is dedication.




agree.

this ish takes forever.
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#157243 - 03/02/06 04:09 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Quote:

That is dedication.




agree.

this ish takes forever.




ditto
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#157244 - 03/06/06 07:46 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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great job. they look sick.
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#157245 - 03/08/06 05:13 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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A buddy of mine with a 01 teg polished his oe rims with a dremel and they look great. Nice job though i did that to my cbr rims.
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#157246 - 03/13/06 02:46 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Ok!?! Somebody show us how the polished rims look on their car. Also, anyone clearcoat their wheels for protection?
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#157247 - 03/13/06 05:17 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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teal_DX didnt clear coat his, they should be fine unclearcoated if you dont go through a harsh winter. *so cal rules*

if you were to clear coat them would you not use any wax?
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#157248 - 03/13/06 05:19 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Still use wax, itll just make it easier to clean them.


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#157249 - 03/13/06 06:58 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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so clear coat then wax.
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#157250 - 03/14/06 08:43 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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mhm.
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#157251 - 03/29/06 11:36 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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nice job on those rims
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#157252 - 04/18/06 08:49 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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I didn't clear coat because I'm not sure how well the aerosol would bite on the polished surface. I think that when you go from the 2000 grit to the mothers, you're really smoothing the surface that the paint has to stick to. Maybe powdercoating them in clear would adhere better, but for the $$ I'll just not use these in winter and shine them up by hand once in a while. 3 are complete so far, the 4th one just finished the 2000 grit stage. I will never polish another set of HX rims
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#157253 - 04/18/06 05:01 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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hhahaha i wanna try it.
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#157254 - 04/20/06 09:08 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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sweet write up.

i did mine in white after i polished them, cause the idiot put a weight on the lip when i specifically told him to put it inside.







Those look good! like mini-Type R's
got any pics of them on your civic?

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#157255 - 05/02/06 01:41 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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what would u use for a clear coat?
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#157256 - 05/08/06 09:49 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Well I finally got one SI wheel finished through the Mothers polish stage...at this rate, sometime next year I'll get them all done. Still it looks awesome. but is a huge pain in the ass.


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#157257 - 05/09/06 08:36 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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man those look nice
did you paint the inside or is it just like that?
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#157258 - 05/09/06 08:54 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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NICE JOB man... that looks great!!! Looks like you used Duplicolor Graphite wheel paint for the inset parts of the spokes? can't wait to see how they look on your Si,, 3 more to go!
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#157259 - 05/09/06 10:18 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Thanks, and yes, I followed your example and used the Duplicolor Graphite wheel paint. That stuff is really nice to work with.
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#157260 - 05/30/06 01:08 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Wow, what a difference. I just got done polishing my hytech header... I think I am enough confidence to try this on my CP-035s. I've been having problems selling these, so I might as well have a polished set... it'll be the only 16" CP-O35Rs that I know of.
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#157261 - 06/01/06 03:32 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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WOW, props for the write up and the hard dedicated work put in to those rims, excellent job!
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#157262 - 08/05/06 09:11 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Wow, that looks really good. Nice write up.
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#157263 - 08/21/06 10:28 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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wow that looks amazing man keep up the good work
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#157264 - 09/06/06 12:11 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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You did a good job man!! I'm thinkin about doin it to mah gsr rims..
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#157265 - 09/08/06 01:02 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Btw, what if i dont want it that shiny.. i want to make it like OEM? what should i do? can anyone help me? thank you!
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#157266 - 12/09/06 02:54 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Has anyone polished any ls wheels? I take it that it would be the same but the inside of the spokes are really rough. Do i just sand them aswell?
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#157267 - 12/22/06 09:19 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Btw, what if i dont want it that shiny.. i want to make it like OEM? what should i do? can anyone help me? thank you!



If you don't want the bling factor, then stop after you wetsand with 2000 grit and don't do the mother's polish.
after 2000 grit:


(close rim is 2000, back one is 240)

edit: here is side by side of 2000 grit and 2000 grit after mother's polish. The rim would still look great if you didn't use the mothers and left it at 2000:


Edited by teal_dx (12/22/06 09:24 AM)

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#157268 - 12/22/06 09:22 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Has anyone polished any ls wheels? I take it that it would be the same but the inside of the spokes are really rough. Do i just sand them aswell?



I would just work on polishing the face and paint the sides of the spokes where it has the rough cast surface. otherwise you will be sanding and polishing for a looooong time if you do the sides of the spokes too. I like to paint the sides of the spokes with the Duplicolor Graphite, it gives the rims an OEM look.

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#157269 - 12/22/06 09:48 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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here's some more pics of polished rims!





cl rims = hawt

RZR's


Si's only slightly polished

HX's only slightly polished


RSX, these must have been a bitch, all curved surfaces!


Teg Blades


CRX Si's


LS Meshies




slipstream


some optional Honda wheel


fat 5


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#157270 - 12/22/06 05:26 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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can i just send you my wheels and have you polish them? hahaha
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#157271 - 12/22/06 07:15 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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for 8 million dollars. I'm never doing that shit again
Actually I have some Fat 5's I'm thinking about polishing or painting black. Most rims are going to be way easier than the HX's I did because of all the curved spokes and the lip. Those RSX rims above were probably just as hard as the HX's but fat 5's, Si's, crx Si's and most other Honda alloys have the flat face which makes life easier when polishing

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#157272 - 12/22/06 08:32 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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ant work on a clearcoat for them? im looking to do a second set of wheels, so i can switch up.
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#157273 - 12/23/06 07:43 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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for 8 million dollars. I'm never doing that shit again






actually, i got some flat black painted fat 5's that i was thinking about doing this to but i think i'm just gonna paint them silver. the first would probably come out kick ass while the other three would slowly show me giving up
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#872287 - 01/04/07 09:48 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: hkt03]
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I am picking up some hx wheels for cheap and i am going to polish them.
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#872290 - 01/04/07 09:48 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: Napoleon3]
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And when i have the hx on my car i will be polishing the ls wheels.
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#892509 - 01/09/07 03:40 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: teal_dx]
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Have any of you had your wheels sand blasted before you polished them?
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#899904 - 01/11/07 12:27 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: Napoleon3]
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Originally Posted By: Napoleon3
Have any of you had your wheels sand blasted before you polished them?


I didn't but that would help take the clearcoat off, which would save a little sanding time, and it might help take down some of the factory machining which would help as well.
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#901363 - 01/11/07 06:23 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: Stryker124]
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I am in the process of polishing some hx wheels. Alot harder than i thought. I got them for 60 bux and they are not in too bad of shape. Three are painted gun-metal while the other is stock. I used some paint stripper to get the paint off. I then got the dremel out and got some paint stripping bits. I am only to 800 grit on the first wheel. I will post up some pics tonight.
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#969419 - 01/26/07 05:21 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: Napoleon3]
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I'm thinking about polishing just the lip of my new wheels, and then painting the inside gunmetal or something rather. Would it be possible to use a sander (my Porter cable orbital) to sand them down isntead of by hand?
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#992898 - 02/01/07 10:22 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: PurduinaSi]
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just polishing the lip would be easy. The lip is the easiest part to do by hand because it is a uniform surface. It would take 2 mins for each grit of sand paper to do just the lip of a rim. a sander is only going to help on a flat surface, so you could use it on the very outer edge if it is flat like OEM rims are. But by the time you install the paper on the sander, you could have probably sanded it with a block by hand. any pics of the rims?
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#994840 - 02/02/07 01:39 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: teal_dx]
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its in his sig
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#1005217 - 02/05/07 03:40 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: jellydoughnutt]
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Yeah, the rims are the ones in my sig. I dont have any better pics, i'll get some, but they're staggered and have a pretty decent sized lip, hence why i asked about the sander. I'm definitely probably going to try this!!
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#1136444 - 03/08/07 06:14 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: teal_dx]
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That looks awesome! Good Job!
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#1141416 - 03/10/07 10:26 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: teal_dx]
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Impressive. Just found something to do for the rest of the winter.
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#1160948 - 03/15/07 09:03 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: 99 SI AutoXer]
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I heard somewhere on the net that if you put the front end of your car on jackstands and start the car and put it in gear then you can easily polish the lip of the wheel. I tried it and it worked great.

I went from this:




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#1161050 - 03/15/07 09:31 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: B16BSTD]
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what kind of paint is that? that is a very clean job :thumbs up:
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#1161244 - 03/15/07 10:23 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: jellydoughnutt]
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Dupli color Wheel paint. Grpahite is the color.
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#1161571 - 03/15/07 11:29 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: B16BSTD]
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is there a clearcoat you can put on wheels?
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#1162761 - 03/16/07 01:14 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: jellydoughnutt]
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Duplicolor also makes a Clear wheel paint
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#1164872 - 03/17/07 01:39 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: teal_dx]
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Any more info on that B16BSTD? Sounds like an interesting idea, I might just have to try that when i do mine....
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#1168551 - 03/18/07 08:33 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: B16BSTD]
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Originally Posted By: B16BSTD
Dupli color Wheel paint. Grpahite is the color.



Where are you guys buying this?

Nice stuff...

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#1168920 - 03/18/07 10:42 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: SiAdam]
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ive had to go around to different auto parts stores to get the right colors, but ive even seen them at wal-mart.
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#1170741 - 03/19/07 03:40 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: jellydoughnutt]
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yeah check Autozone, Pep Boys, Walmart, I think Advance Auto carries Duplicolor too.
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#1513524 - 06/06/07 12:54 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: teal_dx]
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Was there a certain way you sanded to get a better result? Did you sand against the machining grain or with it? Circular motion while sanding or just a back and forth motion? BTW it looks good what you did with some of those rims, it's like night and day. Nice job!

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#1514331 - 06/06/07 10:41 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: CivDog97]
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doesnt matter how you sand it, its just to scuff it up so the paint sticks.
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#1516861 - 06/06/07 11:57 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: jellydoughnutt]
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I was talking about on the polishing. Dude, did you read this whole topic? I remember that it was said not to try and sand the unfinished casted parts in between the spokes of the wheel because you'd be sanding forever. I do understand the scuffing to have the paint adhere better but what I was referring to was on the polishing sections and to what method/technique was used for the better results. I was hoping for Teal DX to respond.

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#1517419 - 06/07/07 08:14 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: CivDog97]
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calm down sparky, I guess next time I should just read the TOPIC of the thread but not anything else ppl are talking about in it . maybe you should clarify your posts so that next time I wont have to assume (cause we are talking about both in this thread). it doesnít matter how you sand it, the Gradual drop in sand paper grit keeps the scars you are making get smaller and smaller (until you cant see them after the polish). honestly, after you sand till your arm is about to fall off you will do every direction under the sun. as far as the inside grooves, it depends on what you want to do. if you are just going to paint the inside then no, or just putting a clear on them as well the answer is no. I donít even think you can polish the inside grooves, i donít see it done on any other wheel in this thread but that doesnít mean it cant be done. im sure you didnít want any of this information and im sorry for myself acting like a jackass, cause my psychic abilities are not filtering through this forum. next time if you want a response from a single person send a pm.
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#1583665 - 06/26/07 08:05 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: jellydoughnutt]
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it doesn't matter, just be sure to sand long enough so that you sand through all the deeper scratches from the previous grit paper. I usually sanded with the contour of the rim, seemed easiest.
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#1594958 - 06/29/07 09:00 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: teal_dx]
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great job on the rims but polish always looks too close to chrome

either way, good stuff

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#1603481 - 07/03/07 01:48 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: teal_dx]
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This was really helpful.Thanks!
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#2627689 - 05/10/08 09:20 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: Asif22]
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Yo, teal dx, thanks for the idea. Instead of dropping a load on another set of rims, I've been doing this to my tuner mesh icws. I've finished two so far. I spent 5 hours apiece on them. I'm very pleased.
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#2643052 - 05/15/08 09:03 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: si slam]
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Would it help to buy a stripper to take off the clear coat before we start sanding?
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#3098793 - 10/09/08 11:34 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: blueSIguy]
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i was looking at refinishing/polishing the lips of my 5zigen FN01R-C rims...they were refinished before i bought them and the clear coat is coming off the lips...so i am planning to redo the lips only and not the rest of the rim as i like the colour...should i tape off the rim before i sand down the lip? and i take it that when you start wet sanding at 1200 grit that you also wet sand the painted section of the rim? in the process that I am doing should i then take the tape off the rim and start wetsanding the lip along with the very end of the spokes to take away and bumps and uneveness from paint to lip?
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#3263074 - 12/03/08 01:34 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: teal_dx]
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awsome!!!
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#3834319 - 06/19/09 12:04 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: teal_dx]
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damn.. that looks really nice. nice work
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#4808203 - 06/09/10 09:41 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: teal_dx]
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Wow. I've been trying to figure out how to clean my rims properly for a while. Thanks for the tips. They look great!
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#4812053 - 06/10/10 02:43 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: teal_dx]
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Thanks for the tips!
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#5341075 - 01/30/11 04:59 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: teal_dx]
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Super good job. Makes me wanna buy an old set of wheels just to try my hand at it.
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#5925911 - 11/12/11 08:41 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: teal_dx]
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nice steps you done to polish the rims. Rims for car are like shoes wear with suit and should be keep shiny and clean all times.
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#6355738 - 05/21/12 10:32 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: B16BSTD]
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I like the pics of polished rims! Nice pics!
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#6406415 - 06/15/12 10:12 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: Carfantasy]
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Just stumbled upon this old tutorial...
I still have the HX wheels:





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#6566193 - 09/04/12 03:06 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: teal_dx]
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Good to see you are still around teal. Last wheels I did for the old civic, LS mesh painted gloss black with polished lip.
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#6917912 - 02/25/13 04:14 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: jellydoughnutt]
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well thats a good write-up, will try it on my rims, thanks anyway \:\)

Edited by mikeLekan (02/25/13 04:15 AM)
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#7051889 - 05/05/13 07:52 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: teal_dx]
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Looks great. I should have a try someday.
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